I decided to do a small floral still life in a loose style. When I finished, I hated it. I grabbed my palette knife and started scraping it, then I thought, "This looks very pretty." It looked like a window with rain on it, so I went with that. I added droplets and streaks of rain running down the window, and now I have a "mood" painting of a view through a wet window. Carmen
Our painting group got together yesterday to paint in a Georgia O'Keeffe style. This is the closest I could get. I didn't want to copy her, just do a large floral painting in a simple style similar to hers. It was a lot of fun using a big brush to do most of it. I may do some more of these.
It's been five days since my last confession, I mean, post. I've neglected my daily painting while continuing to work on my memoir about my childhood in Central Florida. It is an illustrated memoir, inspired by artist Diana Gessler. Above I am singing, "Peg O' My Heart" in my dad's restaurant, and below, when I was a bit older, floating in Lake Marie, ignoring (and being ignored by) alligators.
I haven't forgotten my list of biggest gripes and irritants. Here is my No. 11:
People who move here to Florida then complain that the food was better in New York/New Jersey.
How can that be? Half the restaurants here are owned by people from New York/New Jersey.
I grew up in Central Florida, where the sweet smell of orange blossoms filled the air. This original oil painting is on the cover of the memoir I am working on about growing up in the small town of Dundee. After living many different places in the world, I settled on the coast of Florida, two hours from where I was born. In the days of my childhood, Dundee was all about oranges, so choosing a cover theme was easy.
I haven't been doing much artwork this week, except for illustrations for a memoir I am working on. It's now time for me to paint the cover art, and that will be a relief, after sitting at the computer for three days straight getting the book laid out.
The drawing above was our challenge presented by Kathy Garvey to the Pieces of 8 last week. The challenge was to make everything look flat and one-dimensional. I think I slipped up with the zentangles inside the mango (between the glass and the teapot.) They are giving it some shape. I admit that's my favorite part of the drawing.
No. 10 on my list of things we should not put up with, yet we do:
Grocery products are getting smaller, yet costing more. There is either less in the package (like coffee and sugar), or the product itself shrinks (like toilet paper that is getting narrower and narrower in width), yet the cost is higher. You might say less is more.
This has been very hard to post, because the colors don't look exact on my monitor. I have spent a lot of time trying to get it exact, but it still doesn't satisfy me, and it may look different on your computer. At any rate, this is close, but the sky in the actual painting is warmer than it looks here.
I am putting my list of things that are incredibly frustrating here, as I am losing track of my numbers. My no. 9 is:
Telemarketers, especially the crooked ones with scams. The Do Not Call List is apparently meaningless.
1. Inadequate mental health care since mental health institutions were closed in the 80s (e.g., mass murderers whose parents tried to get help and couldn't). This is, shall we say, crazy in a so-called civilized country and fits nicely with proliferation of guns to form the perfect storm.
2. Pencils with erasers that don't erase, and will even make a brown mark instead of erasing.
3. The rule about not ending sentences in a preposition, as in "not put up with." The English language is being mangled and new words from pop culture are added to the dictionary every year, so the preposition rule seems quite outdated. I do hate the question "Where is he at?" though. It almost deserves to be #4 on my list, it irritates me that much.
4. People driving slowly in the left lane.
5. Airplane passengers who bring carry-ons so heavy they can't lift them into the overhead bin.
6: Deceitful practices in retail stores.
7. Packaging that cannot be opened no matter how you try; its clear plastic taunts you with a view of the completely unattainable product inside, mocking your frustrating attempts at entry.
8. Negative political ads, especially the ones with the low-pitched, sarcastic, gossipy-sounding voice that sounds like they are sharing a nasty little secret about the opponent.
This is a really good day, and that is because any day you are not having an intestinal virus is a really good day. I started my week in South Beach, a good way to start, but got sick after that. I still haven't the strength to stand at the easel, but I can still be creative with drawing. I did get to draw with my painting group today and that was really fun. Kathy gave us a good challenge, which we will finish next week.
Mary gave me a good one to add to my list of "why do we put up with this?":
No. 5: Packaging that cannot be opened no matter how you try; its clear plastic taunts you with a view of the completely unattainable product inside, mocking your frustrating attempts at entry.
Getting all Zen with a pen. Sometimes the only thing I have time for is drawing at night, and I find Zentangle drawing very meditative. I need that, because I am still listing my most irritating things we put up with, and here is my latest: went to a furniture store, took pictures of sofas and their prices, then returned later for the "40-80% off sale" to find that the prices have been marked way up, then slashed to appear to be a bargain. The worst part is, they cost more than they did two weeks ago when we took the pictures. Deceptive and disgusting. I'm not buying from them, period.